Asus

Good Gaming PC – Custom Builds & Asus Z490

With the brand new Asus 400 series of motherboards now happily making their way towards New Zealand, just in time for the Intel 10th Gen release date (which is set as May 21st in this part of the world), it’s the perfect time to start designing some custom gaming rigs for these awesome new options!

While the new Asus Z490 range includes many options, the two favourites are the glorious PRIME Z490-A and ROG STRIX Z490-F, which is perfect for us because they both look so different, with contrasting black VS white colour themes.

Both also have the internal header required for use with Type-C front IO found on the latest chassis – so we can build pretty much anything we want ūüôā

Firing up the GGPC custom PC design tool and loading in the new options gives us some really cool looking configs, using the NZXT H510 series of cases chosen for that oh so good Type-C front IO, and they’re also available in black and white to match our motherboards, along with Elite options for those that want more glass, and even CRFT special edition for that unique WoW factor.

Combining these with all the Asus graphics cards options from AMD and Nvidia, along with the latest SSD & RAM options from Crucial, Samsung, G.Skill & Kingston, and more vibrant custom cooling from Cooler Master & NZXT for adding even more colour to the mix we’ve been able to create some wonderful looking builds.

Clicking the custom PC images shown above will take you to our building tool, we’ve kept our options fairly monochrome to start things off so the colour themes really come through nicely.

Have a play around with the parts and see which configuration you like the most, we’ll be doing the same while photographing and adding new components to the builder along the way!

For those new to custom PC gaming builds there’s a lot more to Asus than just really really good looking… I mean… some of it’s is just so utterly gorgeous that I… lost my chain of thought… Asus are real good engineers too! 

For many people out there it has been a while since they’ve done a new build for themselves, considering just how good things like the i7-7700 were a few years back you can completely understand why too! It has been able to keep up with all but the newest graphics cards which is nice, but with the new Intel 10th Gen i7-10700 showing such significant gains in comparison, along with the motherboard enhancements radically increasing the speed of our storage though all-new options, and connectivity like WiFi 6, for many it’s going to be enough motivation to pick up that screwdriver ūüėõ

Which brings us to more reasons why Asus are pretty great for PC builders.

Asus Q-CODE & Q-LED will help to identify problems with a PC even if it can’t boot into windows or box. Four little LEDs light up to indicate power status, and any problem with the CPU, graphics card, RAM or boot drive for a quick diagnosis. Going one step further the Q diagnostic codes provide a reference point for fast and easy codes that describe common installation and component problems, and also when it’s (A)ll(O)k!

ROG Bios Flashback is the simplest (and safest) BIOS update method and it’s soo good that updates can even be done with no CPU or RAM installed – crazy right?! Simply download and pop that BIOS file onto a USB stick, plug it into the special USB BIOS Flashback port and press the button to begin the automatic process. You’ll still need to have the motherboard connected to your power supply of course, but no RAM and no CPU is a massive win, it allows us to make sure a build is running the latest software even before its fully assembled, minimising the issues that arrive a little later on when even newer hardware gets released.

Asus SafeSlot is something you’ll likely not to even notice is there, but back in the day (2008) it was really difficult to ship a pre-built gaming PC with the graphics card fitted because in transit if it took a solid knock the weight of the massive GPU could literally rip the PCIe socket apart with the graphics card still in it! Asus solved this by making sure every part was tightly secured in thermoplastic, an insert moulded SafeSlot prevents part loosening, misalignment, improper terminations, and other structural issues. The thermoplastic resin also provides improved resistance to shock and vibration. 

Those are all sweet features, but the likelihood of something going wrong with an Asus motherboard is slim at best, so let’s turn our gaze to the totally unnecessary features that make us smile, things like RGB and top-quality audio goodness.

AURA is what Asus have named their RGB software suite, but it’s important to note that it’s not only for Asus gear – more than 50 other brands such as Cooler Master, Hyper X, Crucial, G.Skill, Phanteks, AMD, EKWB, Lian Li and more have products that work with the Asus AURA software suite, so you can control and sync your RGB LED light show with just the one software setup. It’s awesome and goes beyond the usual PC parts to offer controls for everything from gaming monitors to mice. Just look out for the AURA badge when you’re choosing your various components and gaming gears and you’ll be all set.

The component we generally try our hardest to match with the motherboard is the graphics card, and Asus graphics cards which also feature Aura are the best ones too, you can even connect more RGB stuff directly to some models now, as if the 2xRGB and 2x ARGB headers weren’t already enough!

Sonic Studio does a bunch of neat things if you’re into sharing your awesome gameplay by live-streaming it with X-Split or OBS, and if you look at this Z490-F specifically it’s packing as Asus exclusive S1220A chip for SupremeFX technology that provides a flat frequency response for a neutral, detailed sound signature, so if you‚Äôre using a gaming headset, the front-panel output is driven by two op-amps to preserve audio quality.

Having all this sweet audio tech allows for other things too, but opinions are mixed on features like Sonic Rader III which will allow you to graphically see where sounds (like footsteps) are coming from in-game, and that latest version does a good job of indicating how far that sound is too, so if you’re waiting in a room you can shoot the bad guy through the door BEFORE he opens it – yep, that sounds like cheating to me BUT then you realise the other benefits that it brings, allowing you to game without the sound turned on, in the living room for example with others being loud, or maybe just so you can enjoy a good audiobook while you play. With sonic radar on because you’ll still have those audio ques, even if you can’t hear what’s going on.

Combine all this with world record-smashing overclocks and an ecosystem of products that cover everything on our desks it’s easy to see why Asus is a global leader in technology – and with the Z490-A + Z490-F it’s just about to get a whole lot better!

GAME ON!

Nvidia Super – RTX 2060S, RTX 2070S & RTX 2080S

Nvidia have a whole bunch of new graphics cards options for PC gamers in NZ and they’re calling them SUPER!

UPDATE: Nvidia have a new 2x Game BONUS up for grabs too! Check out the SUPERFAST SUPERNATURAL Promotion for more information.

Much like the existing Ti identifier, these new ‘S’ models (EG: ROG-STRIX-RTX2060S-O8G-GAMING) indicate the increased performance of the much loved RTX 2060, RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 options – with the new models named RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER¬†and RTX 2080 SUPER. Right now, Nvidia is busy showing off the founders’ edition cards but there are some wonderful new aftermarket versions for these ones too!

Kicking off with the RTX 2060 SUPER models we get a 2GB memory upgrade bringing the total to 8GB onboard. This is nice for those playing games such as Apex Legends, which displays a memory warning when running the game on max settings with the 6GB card.

Looking at the first releases, we have some excellent new RTX 2060 Super Graphics Card models!

Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Windforce
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
Aorus GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060S SUPER SC Ultra

The new RTX 2070S is running 8GB VRAM also, but the GPU architecture this time is taken from the RTX 2080 (Turing 104, classic RTX 2070 is using Turing 106) so it’s looking a lot like a cut-down RTX 2080 ūüôā This, of course, makes the RTX 2070 Super Graphics Card power requirements change heavier due that increased performance, with the RTX 2070S now using the 8pin + 6pin power connection rather than a single 8-pin seen on the classic RTX 2070.

New models for RTX 2070 Super as below!

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC
Asus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Dual EVO
Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
Aorus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070S SUPER Black
EVGA GeForce RTS 2070S SUPER XC

And that brings us to the new RTX 2080 Super, which is also running with 8GB VRAM and Turing 104 architecture just like the standard version, but with a few additional cores to boost that performance.

Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Black Edition
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER XC
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER XC Ultra (really BIG!)
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 Ultra (also really BIG!)

You can check out all the new models in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech, and be sure to keep your eyes on our Gaming PC builds for the latest!

GAME ON!

Good Graphics Card – WIN the ASUS ROG MATRIX RTX 2080 Ti!

This promotion has now ended, you have until July 14th to submit your entry!

Those fine folks at ASUS have just announced an awesome new promotion with a top tier ASUS ROG MATRIX 2080 Ti Graphics Card as the main prize!

The first 50 entries also instantly win a Limited Edition ROG gift too, it’s a random treat but among the prizes is a great looking figurine (fingers crossed).

To be in to win you must purchase selected ASUS products, then take a photo of your purchase in a creative way, finally fill in the entry form on the Asus WIN a Matrix 2080 Ti Competition Registration Page. Asus also want you to share your brilliant image via Facebook or Instagram, so be sure to tag in @AUSROG (facebook) or #ASUSAU (instagram) so the team can check it out!

This promotion is valid on purchases from June 3rd – 30th 2019, and only on the following Asus products available now in New Zealand. All entries must be in before the 14th July.

Intel Motherboards:

X299 ASUS ROG RAMPAGE VI EXTREME OMEGA

Z390 ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI EXTREME

Z390 ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI FORMULA

Z390 ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE

Z390 ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WIFI)

Z390 ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING (WIFI)

Z390 ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-F GAMING

Z390 ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-H GAMING

Z390 ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING (WIFI)

H370 ASUS ROG STRIX H370-F GAMING

AMD Motherboards:

X470 ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VII HERO (WIFI)

B450 ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING

X470 ASUS ROG STRIX X470-I GAMING

RTX Graphics Cards:

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 OC

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2060

GTX Graphics Cards:

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC

ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 1060

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

Gaming Monitors:

ROG SWIFT PG27VQ

ROG SWIFT PG279Q

ROG SWIFT PG248Q

ROG STRIX XG35VQ

ROG STRIX XG32VQ

ROG STRIX XG27VQ

ROG STRIX XG258Q

So much great Asus ROG gear, and such an amazing prize up for grabs!

GAME ON!

Good Graphics Card – GTX 1650 Available Now in NZ!

UPDATE: Custom PC builder links now have the new options!

GTX 1650 Intel Gaming PC Build

GTX 1650 Ryzen Gaming PC Build

The new GTX 1650 Graphics Card is available now in New Zealand, giving us a another great low cost option for gaming PC builds! 

Designed to be the cheapest option in the new GTX 16XX series, these new GTX 1650 position themselves just above the GTX 1050Ti performance wise, and just behind the GTX 1060 – for a similar price. In games it’s looking very good indeed, the GTX1650 is a nice upgrade from the popular GTX 1050, or a very nice upgrade from the GTX 950 ūüôā The best bit is we get to enjoy the updated cooler designs from the masters at Gigabyte, Asus and EVGA, so with these new cards in our systems they’ll look and run better than ever.

Looking specifically at the current PC chart-toppers, Apex Legends, Fortnite and PUBG, a little tweaking to the settings gives us excellent performance even in some pretty intense fire fights.

The smaller size and affordable price point make these new GTX 1650 a top choice for a lounge computer, perfect for playing games with your mates – the new Mortal Kombat is looking particularly good!

Looking closer at the fastest models from the new arrivals, namely the EVGA SC Black Edition and Gaming Edition, both these GTX 1650 models have an extremely fat custom cooler, not long, just heavy on the slots it takes up. As this cooler really is big, be aware if you’re planning a PC with it first check your motherboard spacing (the graphics card might block a slot you had intended for WiFi). Both require an additional 6Pin power input so plan for 75watts and also important to note is there are just 3 monitor outputs on these new GPU, 1x HDMI (4K 60FPS ready) and 2x DisplayPorts.

Essentials…

EVGA 04G-P4-1153-KR SC Gaming Edition:

– 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5

– Boost Clock 1860 MHz (Checking details still, this seems very very high)

– 1 x HDMI 2.0b 2 x DisplayPort 1.4

– 1x 6Pin Power Input

EVGA 04G-P4-1151-KR SC Black Edition:

– 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5

– Boost Clock 1665 MHz

– 1 x HDMI 2.0b 2 x DisplayPort 1.4

– 1x 6pin Power Input

We can’t wait to build with all the new options as they arrive in NZ, the new Gigabyte version looks especially awesome with the black/grey coolers and slimmer slot form factor to allow for more traditional Gaming PC builds, and we’re excited to see which versions have no additional 6Pin required for some mini Gaming PC builds, whatever the case it looks like fun times ahead!

GAME ON! 

Good Gaming – Fortnite BONUS with GTX 1650, GTX 1660(Ti), GTX 1050(Ti), GTX 1060 & GTX 1070

UPDATE: This promotion had now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here

UPDATE: From the 23 April 2019 onwards, this promotion also includes the new GTX 1650, GTX 1660 and GTX 1660Ti.

Info below for original 10 series.

From November 29th РJune 18th 2019, get yourself a GTX 1050, GTX 1050Ti, GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 desktop Graphics Card or Gaming PC featuring this hardware from the selected range and you can register to redeem a bunch of bonus gear from the Fortnite Counterattack Set + 2000 VBUCKS!

The Fortnite Counterattack Set which includes the following:

– ‚ÄúReflex‚ÄĚ Outfit

– ‚ÄúPivot‚ÄĚ Glider

– ‚ÄúAngular Axe‚ÄĚ Pickaxe

– ‚ÄúResponse Unit‚ÄĚ Back Bling

This promotion is valid from 29/11/18 – 22/05/2019 or while code stock last.

Quick links below

Register your Gigabyte/AORUS GTX Graphics Card HERE

Register your Asus/ROG GTX Graphics Card HERE

Register your EVGA GTX Graphics Card HERE

GAME ON!

 

RTX TRIPLE THREAT – METRO EXODUS, ANTHEM & BATTLEFIELD 5 NVIDIA RTX BONUS BUNDLES

UPDATE: This promotion had now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here

Nvidia kick off a fantastic March with another free game bonus offer, they named this one the RTX Triple Threat and this time it’s the choice between Metro: Exodus, Anthem or Battlefield 5 for those getting a new RTX Graphics Card,¬†valid on purchases from March 5th ‚ÄstApril 4th 2019.

With selected¬†RTX 2060 or RTX 2070¬†‚Äď choose¬†one game, get the¬†RTX 2080 or RTX 2080Ti¬†‚Äď and you can¬†get all three!

This offer is only available from selected brands, see the links below.

Direct Redemption Links:

ASUS: Click Here

Gigabyte/Aorus: Click Here (No more codes left)

EVGA: Click Here

Gigabyte/Aorus RTX Laptops: Click Here (scroll down and select APAC region)

ASUS RTX Laptops: Click Here

Metro Exodus:¬†Metro Exodus is a story-driven first-person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most graphically stunning game worlds ever created. Featuring an arsenal of unique, customisable, hand-crafted weaponry built on the principle of mechanical realism, you’ll journey across Russia with your travelling companions, recruit new allies along the way to help your cause, and encounter sinister foes in the wastelands.

Anthem: Team with up to three other players in cooperative adventures that reward both combined effort and individual skill. Each player’s choice of javelin exosuit will shape their contribution and strategic role. As you explore, you will discover a gripping story filled with unique and memorable characters. Seamless and intelligent matchmaking will ensure you can quickly and easily find other players to adventure alongside.

Battlefield 5: The Battlefield series goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War 2. Take on all-out multiplayer with your squad in modes like the vast Grand Operations and the cooperative Combined Arms, or witness human drama set against global combat in the single-player War Stories. As you fight in epic, unexpected locations across the globe, enjoy the richest and most immersive Battlefield yet.

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Anthem / Battlefield 5 BONUS with Nvidia RTX

This promotion has now ended, see the new RTX BORN TO HUNT BONUS with Wolfenstein: YOUNGBLOOD

Last Submission Date on event Page:  March 4th 2019
Last Submission Date on NVIDIA event Page: March 10th 2019

Nvidia is back with another sweet free game bonus with Anthem and Battlefield 5 up for grabs for those getting a new RTX Graphics Card, valid on purchases from January 8th –¬†February 25th 2019

With selected RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 ‚Äď choose one game, get the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080Ti ‚Äď and you can get both!

Depending on your chosen brand of RTX Graphics Card use the links below to register and redeem!

Redeem Asus RTX Graphics Cards

Redeem Aorus/Gigabyte RTX Graphics Cards

Redeem EVGA RTX Graphics Cards¬†<- If you are unable to get yours via EVGA due to an “Out of codes” message, please let us know!

Anthem: Team with up to three other players in cooperative adventures that reward both combined effort and individual skill. Each player’s choice of javelin exosuit will shape their contribution and strategic role. As you explore, you will discover a gripping story filled with unique and memorable characters. Seamless and intelligent matchmaking will ensure you can quickly and easily find other players to adventure alongside.

Battlefield 5: The Battlefield series goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War 2. Take on all-out multiplayer with your squad in modes like the vast Grand Operations and the cooperative Combined Arms, or witness human drama set against global combat in the single-player War Stories. As you fight in epic, unexpected locations across the globe, enjoy the richest and most immersive Battlefield yet.

 

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Asus RTX Black OPS 4 BONUS

UPDATE: THIS PROMOTION HAS ENDED (EARLY!)

PLEASE NOTE: BONUS STILL AVAILABLE WITH ASUS ROUTERS, MONITORS & MOTHERBOARD/INTEL COMBOS

Starting today, and till the end of December, if you gear up with Asus RTX Graphics Cards you can register to redeem a Call of Duty Black OPS 4 games bonus to go with your awesome new GPU ūüôā

This promotion is currently combined with another Asus Motherboard, Router & Monitor event, and uses the same redemption page right now – but graphics card purchases can only be redeemed between December 1st 2018 – December 31st.

As you may have gathered from the list of gear receiving a Black OPS 4 bonus from Asus right now they’ve gone pretty hard out in support of the game, creating a new range of special edition motherboards with skull logos, mouse pads and even routers wearing the COD badges.

For those who haven’t¬†jumped on yet, Black OPS 4 is still going strong with fast-paced FPS combat, creative weapons, zombies, and intense multiplayer action – it’s a pretty sweet bonus!

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RTX 2080 Graphics Cards Release Today in NZ!

Nvidia RTX Graphics Cards are available now in New Zealand, with models from EVGA, Asus and Gigabyte all looking very good. This latest generation of GPU has a slightly different naming style with the unexpected R Рthis highlights the real-time ray tracing aspect of this new release. Another new term to come along with the graphics cards in NVLink, the new SLi bridge for enthusiasts looking to build the most powerful gaming rigs in world.

Ray tracing relates to some of the graphic elements that make our games look good, or maybe realistic is a better¬†word for this, it helps with dynamic lighting and reflections and with the boost real-time ray tracing enables, we’re even closer to having games look like our favourite¬†CG cutscenes ūüôā It’s¬†not a game breaker and if your sticking with GTX you’ll still be able to play, just on lower settings. Youtube demos can be seen via these links for Battlefield 5, Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb¬†Raider if you want to see real-time ray tracing in action.

Looking closer at the models available at launch, the new EVGA RTX 2080 XC with the Precision X1 software suite which, when paired with the NVIDIA Turing graphics card, promises to unleash its full potential with a built-in overclock scanner, adjustable frequency curve and RGB LED control.

The software is set for release along with the new RTX series, and it looks like this new generation of EVGA’s GPU stress testing utility, brings with it some excellent modes for pushing our new graphics cards to the limits.

If EVGA has the coolest software award then the coolest RTX award must go to Gigabyte’s new RTX 2080 OC with Windforce Cooling.

The triple cooling system features 3x 82mm fans, with an alternate spinning fan in the middle, 6 composite copper heat pipes and heat-pipe direct touch all working together to deliver an effective heat dissipation capacity for great performance at lower temperatures.

The airflow is spilt by the triangular fan edge, and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, effectively enhancing the airflow.

The card looks amazing too, gone in the signature orange from the previous 10 series, replaced by a perfect semi-metallic grey.

Moving onto the new Asus Dual RTX 2080 we can highlight one thing all these new cards have in common, they’re large, and Asus is totally OK with this, making some of fattest.

Via Asus: This generation, our top-end cards adopt a 2.7-slot footprint to accommodate a larger heatsink because bigger is better. We’ve increased the overall surface area of our cooling array by over 50% compared to last gen. If you want to squeeze the most out of the Dual GeForce RTX 2080’s performance, our latest design gives you a lot more thermal headroom for overclocking. If you’re just looking for an amazing plug-and-play experience, the extra heat dissipation keeps your fans running at lower speeds while you game.

The coolers on all models sit high, so when you fit them in your systems (upside down), these new RTX series fill almost three-slots. Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of adding a component to the motherboard slots below. There is also no more DVI output, though the EVGA card looks to include an HDMI – DVI adaptor in the box. For the next generation VR headsets you’ll now see a special USB Type C connection on the back.

See these and more awesome new RTX Graphics Cards + RTX Gaming PC in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech, fun times ahead!

 

Asus Month 2018 Winners Announced

The winners have been announced! – see the name list on Asus NZ Facebook

**This promotion has now ended**

Those fine folks at Asus have just launched a wonderful promotion starting in New Zealand today – and it covers a massive range of Asus goodies including Monitors, Keyboards, Headsets, Networking and Graphics Cards.

It’s a register to enter promotion in which you buy selected Asus products between the 18 of June and the 28th July (A little over a month this time huh¬†guys) and then you register your awesome new gear for entries into the competition which has some truly remarkable prizes up for grabs, like the new Asus 4K 144Hz Gaming Monitor ūüėõ

In addition to the PG27UQ Gaming Monitor, Asus has a range of awesome gear up for grabs like a¬†BMW, GT-AC5300 Gaming Router, P3B Projector, Fusion 700 Gaming Headset, ROG STRIX Flare Gaming Keyboard, Blue Cave Router and even a few VivoStick mini PC’s

Every $200 spent will give you one chance to win, with no cap on the entries, EG: If you purchase $2000 worth of eligible Asus products this will give you 10 entries. When registering a total purchase value over $200, you will also receive an ASUS mouse pad bonus (limit 2 per person.)

Buying some Asus? You’ve got to be in to win with this one so be sure to register your gear using the link below!

http://www.asuspromotion.net/anz/asusmonth/